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Frank DePasquale papers

Identifier: NCC-0030

Scope and Contents

The Frank DePasquale papers include of materials from his time as an architect in Durham, including architectural drawings, photographs and negatives, correspondence, and other documents relating to projects worked on by Frank and his firm, DTW Architects and Planners. The collection also contains personal materials related to his interests in arts, culture, and history.


  • Creation: 1911 - 2010

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical Information

Frank Albert DePasquale was born in 1925 in Roselle, New Jersey. After serving in the Army during World War II, he studied at the School of Architecture and Engineering at North Carolina State University beginning in 1946. He graduated with a bachelor of architecture degree in 1951 and began work at Piatt and Davis Engineers, with whom he had interned for three years. In 1956, the office of Durham architect George Watts Carr offered DePasquale a position. In need of experienced architects, the firm provided DePasquale increased responsibility. His duties included design and construction documents for many public buildings. In 1959 Mr. DePasquale moved to Tampa, Florida, at the convincing of former Durham architect Leslie Walker, to work at the firm Walker & Jackson. In late 1961, Walker & Jackson dissolved their partnership and DePasquale established the firm of Frank A. DePasquale, AIA Architect, in Tampa. A recession in late 1962 and scarcity of architectural projects caused DePasquale to return to Durham. In December of 1963, Mr. DePasquale returned to the firm of George Watts Carr Architects in the position of associate, later reorganized as a partnership named Carr Harrison Pruden and DePasquale Architects. For the next fifteen years, DePasquale was in charge of diverse architectural projects, involving client contact, programming of projects, land use studies, site planning, master planning, design drawings, interior design, construction documents, and construction coordination. In 1978 Robert W. Carr decided to create a new firm with his son, and DePasquale established the firm of DePasquale Markham Thompson and Wilson Architects, later named DTW Architects and Planners. Though Frank DePasquale formally retired in the mid 1990s, he continued to be involved in the work of his firm. He was a notable presence in the renovation and preservation of downtown Durham.


14.5 Linear Feet (29 boxes: 25 document boxes, 3 flat boxes, 1 other box)

3 Oversize Folders

Language of Materials



This collection is divided into five series. Series 1 contains materials from architectural projects in which DePasquale was involved and is further organized by type of project, including churches, residential, commercial, public buildings, and preservation projects. Series 2 contains photographs. Series 3 contains personal materials, including correspondence, some financial material, and materials pertaining to DePasquale's personal interests in arts, culture, and history Series 2 covers materials from committees in which DePasquale was involved. Series 4 contains photographs. Photographs associated with a specific project are found in the folder for that project, but all other photographs are found in series 4. Series 5 includes oversize materials, primarily maps and blueprints.

Physical Access Restrictions

Some of our materials are stored offsite. These items are not available for same day access and require advance notice to retrieve. Contact North Carolina Collection staff at to plan your visit.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Frank DePasquale

Finding Aid for the Frank DePasquale Papers
Colin Post, Holly Withrow
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • February 2023: Finding aid migrated to ArchivesSpace by Emma Parker.
  • Gift Agreement

Repository Details

Part of the North Carolina Collection Repository

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham NC 27701 United States